Archive for July, 2012

31st July 2012 Tigers officially announce the signing of Ben Amos from Manchester United on a season long loan. The Macclesfield-born keeper has been capped by England at youth and under-21 level. (As reported by This Sporting Life) “He has worked his way through the Old Trafford ranks since the age of 11 and joined the club’s academy in July 2006. He quickly established himself in Paul McGuiness’s under-18s side in the 2006/7 campaign and made his reserves debut in November 2007. Amos made his senior United bow against Middlesbrough in the League Cup in September 2008″  And BBC Sport “Hull City have signed Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Amos on a season-long loan deal. The 22-year-old made four appearances for the Red Devils last season, including making his Premier League debut against Stoke in January.  He has previously spent time on loan with Peterborough and Oldham.  Amos is the Tigers’ second signing in as many days following the arrival of former Leeds United defender Alex Bruce on Monday. Prior to the deal being confirmed he joined up with his new team-mates on their recent pre-season training camp in Portugal”.

31st July 2012 Tigers played Doncaster Rovers in a pre-season friendly at the Keepmoat Stadium KO 19.30 hrs and lost 3-1 having Ben Amos stretchered off with his head in a brace. Amber Nectar reported “Results don’t mean too much in pre-season, though letting a lead become a messy defeat at lower ranked opposition isn’t what you’d choose. Much worse than a defeat that came with City missing Koren, Rosenior, Evans, Fryatt and Chester was Ben Amos being stretchered off in a neck brace after injuring himself in the incident that led to Doncaster’s second goal. It’d looked much better for City earlier, when an early own goal was gifted to us before Tom Cairney belted a penalty against the bar in a fairly comfortable first half. In the second half Doncaster levelled with a long-range effort by Woods that Amos could perhaps have saved, then as the obligatory rash of substitutions began they took the lead through Morgan-Smith, with Amos injuring himself attempted to keep the ball out. Sonny Bradley then conceded a penalty that Woods scored to make it 796 games without a win at Doncaster of any description. Or something. Maybe we should stop playing there”. Is it August yet?


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30th July 2012 Tigers announced the signing of Alex Bruce and Amber Nectar published the following blog): Hull City manager Steve Bruce has elected to sign his son for the brand new 2012-13 Championship season, after the defender spent the pre-season and the friendly matches played so far on trial – and trained with the club amidst preparations for the new campaign. Alex Bruce has spent several seasons in the Championship with Ipswich Town and Leeds United, but now the 27-year-old has turned down a raft of other transfer opportunities to be part his Dad’s Hull City revolution and has put pen to paper on a brand new 2 year deal with the Tigers. However, fears that Bruce Jnr will receive favours from Bruce Snr were quickly quashed with the City boss stating – ‘Of course it puts a bit of pressure on him being the manager’s son, but he’s played in the Championship for a long time and enjoyed a good career at this level. Nepotism is the word that will always crop up, and you have to think about that, but he’s at an age where he can handle it. I’m sure it won’t be a problem.’ Adding – ‘When you look at what’s going around on the Bosman market, he makes a very good free transfer. Defensively, in terms of numbers, we’re a bit thin with the injury to Liam Rosenior and Jack Hobbs out until Christmas. It’s imperative that you have cover in the right areas and Alex can fill in anywhere along the back line.’ Meanwhile, on the defensive injuries, skipper Jack Hobbs continues to make good progress, but is not expected back until December after suffering serious injury at the end of last term. However, fellow defender Liam Rosenior has outside chance of being fit for the league opener at home to Brighton with his rehabilitation due to be stepped over the coming days.




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2012/13 Championship Assam’s/Steve Bruce

On 8th June 2012 Tigers held a press conference and announced Steve Bruce as the new manager having agreed a 3 year contract. The following day the HCAFC website published the following…..

Welcome, Steve Bruce After a few weeks of frustration for Tigers’ fans, the Club is now delighted to welcome Steve Bruce as the new manager of Hull City AFC. Speaking about his appointment Bruce said, “Having spoken to the owners of the club, the one thing they want is the Premier League. That is my aim as well and that is the reason why I am sitting here today – the challenge of achieving just that.”

So for the last two weeks while Bruce on Holiday in Portugal his Solicitor had been negotiating the contract with Hull City, bit by bit.

You can read more in our full article on yesterday’s press conference here, and TIGERS Player subscribers can view extended footage of yesterday’s press conference here along with an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Steve taken moments after he entered the KC Stadium for the first time as the Tigers’ manager.

Speculation 8th June that Bruce was trying to get Emile Heskey to the KC.

In an interview published 10th June 2012 Ehab Assam says that City have not agreed a budget with Steve Bruce but they plan to tweak the squad and bring in new players to strengthen as required to get us in play offs and in the PL within his contract term.

13th June 2012 Steve Wigley and Shaun Rush, and Stuart Watkiss have left the club in Steve Bruce backroom shake-up.

It is announced 30th June 2012 that Steve Agnew who was reserve team coach at Middlesbrough will join Tigers as Assistant to Steve Bruce.

Monday 2nd June 2012, Keith Bertschin and Stephen Clemence both start work at the KC today having left Sunderland as announced a few days ago. Bertschin, who had been Sunderland’s reserve team manager, has been named as Tigers first-team coach, working alongside Bruce’s new number two and former Sunderland midfielder Steve Agnew. Clemence is announced as Tigers new Hull’s reserve team manager. Also today the players are due back for pre-season train. Plus Scout Freddie Cowell, the man who found Andy Payton and Dean Windass, officially retires this week.

5th July 2012 Kamel Ghilas has finally departed from East Yorkshire. After a torrid time at the Tigers, Ghilas has finally sealed his move to join newly promoted French club Reims in a two year deal. That transfer has unblocked a huge wage draining resource the Algerian misfit was imposing on the City’s outgoings.

7th July 2012 Andy Dawson has agreed a 12 month deal with the Tigers to extend his tenure at the club in to a 10th season, prompting a testimonial next summer. Dawson now becomes the only player left at the club who played in the legendary 2008 Wembley winning side that beat Bristol City 0-1, that went on to claim a place in the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history.

7th July City will sign Ben Amos a goal keeper from Manu on a one season loan deal reported in the region of a £250k cost. He will go on the training session in Portugal. Confirmation of the actual paperwork being completed is awaited.

9th July 2012 Steve Bruce has taken a 23-man squad over to Portugal, including new loan goalkeeper Ben Amos, as pre-season steps up a gear following a week of fitness tests and introductions in East Yorkshire. City will not play any fixtures during their trip to the continent but will be fine-tuned this week ahead of the first of seven pre-season games at North Ferriby United in seven days. There is news today that the Eldin Jakupovic interest/deal may be back on. The 27 year old goal keeper did have a trial with City under Barmby, but any deal was disrupted when Barmby was sacked. He has been was training with Ipswich but looks like Bruce has stepped in and a 2 year deal has been agreed. Looks like Bruce expects Amos and Jakupovic to fight it out for the nr 1 shirt. Confirmed later in the day that he has signed the contract and is in Portugal with the rest of the squad.

11th July 2012 (HDM Report) Liam Rosenior may not feature in Hull City’s opening friendly fixtures next week as he attempts to shake off a troublesome Achilles injury. The 27-year-old has so far been limited to light training sessions during the Tigers’ pre-season camp in Portugal due to an on-going problem that dates back to last season. Rosenior’s progress has so far been encouraging, though, and he could even resume full training ahead of City’s return to England on Saturday. With a trip to North Ferriby United on Monday beginning the pre-season fixture list, it seems Rosenior is unlikely to be risked by a wary Steve Bruce. “Liam has an Achilles injury that he’s carried over from last year so we’re just being a bit cautious with it,” said the City boss. “He’s had a bit of treatment on it with injections so we’re hoping he’s going to be okay, “We would hope he’ll be fine for the start of the season but you can never tell with Achilles injuries because they can be horrible if you’re unlucky. You’ve just got to be careful.” Rosenior has spent this week working alongside long-term absentee Jack Hobbs under the guidance of physio Liam McGarry. Hobbs is currently at the halfway mark of his rehabilitation after damaging the cruciate ligament in his right knee during City’s 2-0 loss to Coventry at the end of March. A lay-off of between six and eight months is a given for such an injury and means the centre-half is unlikely to feature in the opening two months of the Tigers’ season. No timescale is currently in place for Hobbs to make his return to action, but Bruce was keen to include him in his plans for Portugal. “Jack is obviously in the middle of his rehab at the minute but it’s important that he’s stayed part of the group,” explained Bruce. “Bringing him out here will hopefully help him get some good work done on his knee and also feel part of the group, “It’s going to be a long, hard slog for him but he’s very driven. That’s very good to see.”

16th July 2012 Tigers played North Ferriby at Church Lane in the first pre-season warm up match and won 1 – 3. The Goals coming from McLean, Fryatt (pen) and Simpson, there were lots of changes made and a much better 2nd half than 1st half. Tigers: Eldin Jakupovic, Paul McShane (Danny East 68), Joe Dudgeon, Liam Cooper (Alex Bruce 65), James Chester (Sonny Bradley 69), Cameron Stewart, Corry Evans (Seyi Olofinjana 46), Tom Cairney, Robert Koren (Jay Simpson 65), Matty Fryatt (Mark Cullen 71), Aaron Mclean (Connor Townsend 72) 18 players used. City will travel to Winterton Rangers tonight, kick-off 7.30pm

17th July 2012 Reports that Tigers have agreed a deal with Paderborn for Nick Proschwitz after he met Steve Bruce in Portugal pre-season training camp. He flew in for a full medical. We expect City have agreed the full £2m asking price. There are rumours that Tigers are interested in Abdoulaye Faye released by West Ham as a central defender; Jack Hobbs will not be fit for a few months and Bruce wants more physicality in the team. Also that Tigers are in discussion with Robert Koren about a new contract

17th July 2012 – Winterton 0 – 5 Hull City, Simpson hat-trick (in 1st half 0-1), Fryatt, Devitt; two Greek trialists played in first half Vasilios Koutsianikoulis and Andreas Lambropoulos. Someone tweeted tonightProschwitz signing on the dotted line tomorrow after passing medical, Bruce held talks with Abdoulaye Faye & another player today..”. (Paul Anderson?) Looks like we paid more than £2m for Proschwitz

19th July 2012 – Tigers confirm that Proschwitz has signed at a cost of €3.3m (£2.6m) for three years. There is a report also that free agent Faye has agreed to come to the KC. Bruce still saying he wants 4 more signings. There is no further news of Ricardo Fuller and Koren has not agreed a new contract yet, fansites think he is leaving.

20th July 2012 – Local news publications are claiming City are on the brink of landing Rangers’ hot shot striker Sone Aluko. The 23 year old is due a medical after agreeing a 2 year deal following an impressive 12 goals in 23 games for the Ibrox club last term. The Tigers are thought to have beaten off competition from Spain, Turkey and Germany for his signature (that script via City Independent) (and Wiki says)….Omatsone “Sone” Aluko (born 19 February 1989) is a professional footballer who plays as a winger. Aluko began his career at Birmingham City but failed to make any league appearances. He joined Aberdeen on loan in the 2007–2008 season and was loaned to Blackpool at the beginning of the 2008–09 season. After just one appearance for Blackpool, he signed for Aberdeen permanently in August 2008. He left Aberdeen in July 2011 at the end of his contract. Aluko signed for Rangers in November 2011 and scored 12 goals in 21 appearances during the 2011–12 season He became a free agent after refusing to transfer his contract to the new Rangers Company. Born in England, Aluko was capped by England at all levels up to under-19 before accepting an offer to play for Nigeria. Also City confirms agreeing terms with Abdoulaye Faye. Bruce confirmed that Koren has a release clause in his contract such that should an offer be received for £500k he can leave.

20th July – 2012 (script via Boothferry to Wembley) Tigers played Grimsby at Blundell Park in their 3rd pre-season match, which ended 0-0. With Amos, Hobbs, Rosenior, Dawson, McKenna, Olofinjana, Fryatt and new signing Abdoulaye Faye unavailable, the Tigers fielded about the best senior side they could manage: Jakupovic; McShane, Dudgeon,   Chester, Cooper; Stewart, Devitt, Cairney, Koren ©; McLean, Simpson. With substitutions taking place throughout the second half (all subs used except Oxley) City finished the game: Jakupovic; East, Townsend, Chester, Cooper; Bradley (for 30 seconds), McLean, Cairney, Koren; Cullen, Proschwitz. With about 15 minutes left Steve Bruce threw on Nick Proschwitz for his Tigers debut. The big German received a great welcome from the 600 or so City fans behind the goal he was attacking. It’s unfair to judge anyone on just 15 minutes but I think it’s safe to say that had Proschwitz been a donkey, 15 minutes would have been long enough to prove it. Fortunately, he looks a pretty good footballer. He didn’t have many touches but all were very good, he showed neat control, good movement and wasn’t afraid to have a shot. The game doesn’t tell us a whole lot about Hull City that we didn’t already know. Jay Simpson continued his decent pre-season. He definitely looks higher up the pecking order than Aaron McLean at the moment. We still can’t put a decent cross into the box and our set pieces are rubbish. It’s not a surprise that wide players are high on Steve Bruce’s agenda. If Robert Koren is looking to leave, this was a thoroughly professional performance.

22nd July – 2012 (via Daily Star) Steve Bruce has recruited winger Sone Aluko from crisis club Rangers (Glasgow) Aluko is signing a two-year contract at the KC Stadium and will be reunited with Bruce who managed him at Birmingham. Bruce said: “I had him as a kid when he was considered to be the next superstar. I can remember taking him on tour at 16. “It took him a while to develop. Some players mature quickly and others take their time to settle into senior football. “But he’s worked hard on his game and he’s really come on in Scotland in the last couple of years. He really shot to prominence last year – he took it by storm. “He’s still a young lad at 23 and I’m sure he’s still got plenty of scope for improvement.”

22nd July – 2012 A Hull City XI development squad were leading 3-0 against Bridlington Town this afternoon before the match was abandoned. An injury to Bridlington Town striker Craig Hogg ten minutes from time enforced the abandonment of the fixture after Hogg needed medical attention after being hit by a Sonny Bradley clearance. Prior to this, City had taken a three goal advantage. The development squad featured several youngsters on the verge of the first-team squad including Mark Cullen, Sonny Bradley, Danny East and Connor Townsend while former Tigers Craig Fagan and Bryan Hughes both made unexpected appearances having been training with City as they search for a new club. It was a productive day for the two ex-Tigers with Hughes opening the scoring from a Lewis Clarkson assist before Craig Fagan converted a Mark Cullen cross shortly after being introduced as a second half substitute. The third goal arrived from Mark Cullen as he spun to shoot past the Bridlington keeper before the match became insignificant as the health of Craig Hogg became the most pressing concern. The development squad next play on Wednesday evening when they travel to Brigg Town. Vital Hull will provide Twitter updates from the game – You can follow us using the Twitter tabs below or by searching

23rd July 2012 -Tigers confirm that the deal with Abdoulaye Faye is for one year.

24th July 2012 – Reported by Hull Daily Mail today that Hull City are confident they can avoid paying any compensation for Sone Aluko – despite Rangers’ claims they will be owed a financial settlement. Aluko is expected to complete his switch from the fallen SPL giants today, penning a two-year deal at the KC Stadium to become Steve Bruce’s fifth capture. However, the move promises to mark the start of a complex legal wrangle as Rangers attempt to claw back compensation for the loss of another star name. Despite having another year to run on his deal at Ibrox, Aluko became a free agent last month when he refused to transfer his registration from the liquidated club to Charles Green’s Rangers newco. That stance was replicated by several first-team stars and supported by the Scottish PFA, but Rangers have made it clear they are unwilling to lose them without a fight; City join a handful of clubs that Rangers will claim owe compensation. Steven Naismith (Everton), Jamie Ness (Stoke), Steven Whittaker (Norwich), Kyle Lafferty (FC Sion) and Allan McGregor (Besiktas) have all completed moves away this summer, triggering the promise of legal action. The Scottish Football Association had refused to sanction those deals as a result of Rangers’ complaints, although temporary registrations have been granted by FIFA to allow those players to begin afresh at their new clubs. Rangers are not contesting Steven Davis’ move to Southampton or John Fleck’s transfer to Coventry after agreements were reached, but they have reiterated they will pursue the perceived losses, including a compensation claim from City. “FIFA has not made any ruling whatsoever on the merits of the dispute and stressed that this was a matter for the SFA,” Rangers said in a statement. “It has simply allowed the players to be registered with new clubs on a provisional basis pending resolution of the contractual dispute through the SFA arbitration. “The reason FIFA made the decision is that it felt that damages was a sufficient remedy for the club in the event that it proves its case.” The Scottish PFA are adamant that Rangers’ claims are invalid, however, and City are understood to be confident they will sign Aluko without fear of financial reprisals. Should temporary registration be granted this week, Aluko could be one of three new faces on show when City head to Rochdale on Saturday for their first friendly of pre-season against Football League opposition.

24th July 2012 – (Hull Daily Mail) Abdoulaye Faye, who signed a one-year deal on Friday, trained with his new team-mates for the first time yesterday, while goalkeeper Ben Amos is also due to team up with the Tigers. The Manchester United youngster was part of City’s pre-season training camp in Portugal after agreeing terms on a season-long loan deal, but his move was put on ice while he featured for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side during their tour to South Africa. After playing 90 minutes in United’s 1-1 draw with Ajax Cape Town on Saturday, Amos, 23, will formally complete his temporary switch to the KC this week.

25th July 2012 – (Via HullVitalFootball) A Hull City XI emerged 3-1 winners against Brigg Town in this evening`s latest pre-season friendly. A brace from young striker Johnny Margetts, either side of a delightful chip from Lewis Clarkson ensured City won the match, although Brigg looked more than their match for significant parts of the game and had equalised in the second half through Danny Buttle. The Tigers fielded a largely youthful line-up with Mark Cullen, Jamie Devitt and Sonny Bradley the most noticeable names while Bryan Hughes again featured, this time in a more unconventional centre-back role before moving into midfield for the second half. City used the fixture to field two trialists who both played the second half. As exclusively revealed via our official Twitter feed, French striker Nabil Baha and Congolese midfielder Tsholola Tshinyama (known as Tiko) both featured in an attempt to impress the City hierarchy 30 year old Baha is a former Braga, Malaga and AEK Athens forward most recently at CE Sabadell FC while Tiko most recently played for Belgian side Lokeren.

25th July 2012 – Earlier today it was reported (by Talksport, Co.Uk) Hull City have signed winger Sone Aluko on a two-year deal. The former Birmingham City star, 23, impressed for Rangers last season netting 12 goals in 21 SPL appearances, but due to their financial issues he left Ibrox this summer. Aluko will now link up again with Steve Bruce who managed him during his time at St Andrews, becoming his fifth signing since he took charge of the club in June. The former England youth international has earned one cap for Nigeria and was named in their provisional squad for the 2010 World Cup. (And from http://www.scotsman.com)…. A Hull spokesperson said: “Hull City has completed the signing of Sone Aluko. “The 23-year-old, who can operate in midfield, out wide and up front, has put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal with the club.”

26th July 2012 – There is a rumour today (from a Wigan fan tweet) that Steve Bruce has made an enquiry to Wigan about a season long loan for midfielder Ben Watson.

27th July 2012 – The Tigers Academy players are in Portugal for their pre-season having received some support from a funding source made possible by a successful grant application through the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme., and staying at the same facility where the senior players have stayed. The youngsters have taken part in a tournament and beat young Celtic players 1-0 after penalties.

27th July 2012 – This piece was published by the Yorkshire Post today……….

Published on Friday 27 July 2012 06:00 — A Council which spent £46m on building a prestigious sports stadium received a zero return in lease payments last year despite huge spending on players’ wages by the football club using the ground. The 50-year lease Hull Council agreed with a private company to run the KC Stadium has previously been revealed to have delivered little in return to the taxpayer – but in the last completed financial year it delivered nothing at all. The council acknowledged it was “disappointed” with the latest figures. Opening the site to wider development would give the council the opportunity to increase returns but the authority’s Labour leader, Steve Brady, said a fresh approach to local businessman Assem Allam, who owns both Hull City and the company that runs the stadium, over redevelopment had been rebuffed. Last year, Mr Allam announced multi-million pound plans to redevelop the area around the stadium through the creation of a sports village, including a range of new sporting facilities. He insisted then that ownership of the stadium was a prerequisite and Coun Brady said the businessman’s position remained the same. The council leader said regeneration of the area remained a priority but the authority preferred a joint venture and retaining ownership of the stadium. He also said any change in ownership would have to go to a local referendum. Councillor Brady said: “We own the land and we still want to be involved in regeneration of the site to protect our interests. ”But Mr Allam said the relationship with the council was broken and said he remained angry with comments attributed to him by the council last year when talks over redevelopment of the site came to an abrupt halt. He added: “I said at the time the matter was closed and that remains the case.” Minimal returns on the huge public outlay have been compounded by the council agreeing to rent offices at the stadium for £72,500 a year – meaning taxpayers are effectively subsidising the home of Hull City football club and Hull FC rugby league club. At the same time, players’ wages at Hull City have run into tens of thousands of pounds per week. In total, the council has received just £47,846 in lease payments since the stadium opened in 2002 but paid close to £600,000 to rent office space in its own stadium. The council said it now plans to exercise a break clause in the rental agreement and expects to vacate the offices later this year. Hull Council leases the stadium to the Super Stadium Management Company (SMC), owned by Mr Allam. Under the deal, payment to the council is based on a small percentage of any annual profits made by the SMC. The company’s income includes rent from both Hull City and Hull FC but profits have declined since the stadium opened in 2002.  And in the SMC’s last accounting year, which ended in July 2011, the company made no profit at all, which left Hull Council with no return from the lease. The council is bound by the terms of the 50-year lease, which was found to be legally watertight when it looked at the possibility of extricating itself two years ago. A council spokeswoman said: “The contract between the council and the SMC was drawn up in a different financial climate and Hull’s sporting profile was much lower. Though disappointing there has not been anything in terms of profit share for the latest financial period, in the current economic climate it was unlikely to see an improvement. “However, in reaching its objectives and raising the city’s profile the stadium continues to provide benefits to the city in terms economic regeneration.”

28th July 2012 (via Amber Nectar) City’s first pre-season friendly against League opposition ended with a narrow 1-0 win over Rochdale at Spotland this afternoon. The Tigers carded a strong XI that included new loan keeper Ben Amos and manager’s son Alex Bruce, while Nick Proschwitz and Paul McKenna had their first starts of the summer. City scored the game’s only goal in the first half, with Robert Koren finding the target from outside the area – where else? – While Proschwitz spoiled an otherwise encouraging game by missing a sitter. Rochdale made umpteen subs at the break and City made a few of their own in the second half, including ex-Tigers Bryan Hughes and Craig Fagan plus new signing Sone Aluko. As usual, the changes robbed the game of momentum and little else happened. City has won three out of four friendlies under Steve Bruce, conceding only once, at North Ferriby. It’s a less-than-enticing trip to Doncaster next for City on Tuesday – but on the plus side, it’s now only two weeks until the first competitive game of the new season.



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